Do you know what Oprah Winfrey, Stephen King, Richard Branson, Thomas Edison, Jay-Z and Steven Spielberg have in common? Let’s get to know them a little better first.
Oprah Winfrey – was repeatedly molested as a child. She ran away from home. She in her early teenage years gave birth to a baby boy who unfortunately died. Although forced to endure unimaginable circumstances in her early childhood, Winfrey persevered. She excelled as an honour student and eventually secured a full scholarship to college. She is now one of the most successful and richest people in the world today. According the Forbes, Winfrey is worth an estimated $3 billion.
Stephen King – had his first novel “Carrie” rejected 30 times by publishing houses. His wife encouraged him to try one more time and he was eventually able to get it published. King sold over 350 million copies and even had it made into motion pictures. According the The Richest, he is worth an estimated $400 million.
Richard Branson – despite the difficulties and challenges posed by his acknowledged dyslexia, Branson used his personality and business talents to become the success he is today. According to Forbes, Branson is worth an estimated $5.1 billion.
Thomas Edison – failed a number of times before successfully creating the lightbulb. The exact number of tries has been debated but some say as much as 10,000 attempts. Can you imagine? His perseverance paid off and bought us not only the lightbulb but the phonograph as well.
Jay-Z -had big dreams to make it big as a rapper. Unfortunately, he had difficulty convincing record labels to sign him. This however, did not deter him in fact, he persevered and now owns his own record label. Jay-Z is not just a rapper but a businessman who has investments in clothing lines, real estate, sports teams, record labels, and more. According to Forbes, his estimated worth was $610 million in 2016.
Steven Spielberg – was rejected twice from the University of Southern California (USC). Spielberg did not allow this rejection to crush his dreams. He went on to attend California State University in Long Beach. USC eventually awarded him a honorary degree in 1994 and he even became a trustee of the university in 1996. According to Forbes, Spielberg is worth an estimated $3.7 billion.
The commonality among these people was a burning desire to move pass the obstacles in their lives. They did not allow a scarred childhood, disappointment or repeated rejection to prevent them from achieving the success they wanted for themselves. They all chose to look beyond their circumstances and worked hard to secure a better life for themselves.
They are just a small number of successful people who overcame obstacles in their lives to be where they are today. Some other people who persevered and came out on top are: Bill Gates, Albert Einstein, Jim Carrey, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Ford, Walt Disney and Sir James Dyson just to name a few.
They are proof that no matter how bad things might look in the moment; no matter how many attempts we might have to make to get it right – we can overcome the obstacles. We just have to want it bad enough and we must work for it.
Our past will always remind us where we came from. Some people however, choose to use their past as an excuse; while others may try to use your past against you or as a means to discourage you. Let us instead choose to be the exception – let us use our past as a motivator to propel us into greatness.
Don’t allow any negativity from the past or current situations to keep you from achieving your dreams. Although our past may influence some aspects of our future it does not control it. We do!
Whenever, you feel like giving up or you feel defeated remember some of these people we looked at today and all the obstacles and failures they had to overcome to make it. Never give up on yourself! Let their stories give you hope and fuel your fire to succeed.
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